Bond girl Valerie Leon fondly remembers Sir Sean Connery

‘He was an extraordinary man’: Bond girl Valerie Leon fondly remembers Sir Sean Connery and reveals he put her at ease for their bed scene in Never Say Never Again

Valerie Leon has called Sir Sean Connery an ‘extraordinary man’ as she fondly remembered working alongside him in Never Say Never Again in 1983.

The legendary James Bond star died at his home in the Bahamas on October 31st at the age of 90 following a long battle with the degenerative condition.

Valerie, 76, who played the Lady in Bahamas, recalled how Connery put her at ease when they were filming a romantic scene in bed, which she had never done before. 

Co-stars: Valerie Leon has called Sir Sean Connery an ‘extraordinary man’ as she fondly remembered working alongside him in Never Say Never Again 

Speaking on Monday’s This Morning, Valerie said: ‘We did share some fun times together. He was an incredible man. 

‘I did have this bed scene with him which I was quite worried about. Despite my age, I had never done a bed scene on film, that’s for sure. So I was quite worried about that, but he did put me at ease for it.’ 

Host Holly Willoughby replied: ‘You were pressed against his naked hairy chest.’

Valerie laughed and joked that Sean got out of the bed quickly once his wife Micheline Roquebrune arrived on set. 

Steamy: The actress, 76, who played the Lady in Bahamas, recalled how put Connery put her at ease when they were filming a romantic scene in bed, which she had never done before

Tragic: The legendary James Bond star died at his home in the Bahamas on October 31st at the age of 90 following a long battle with the degenerative condition

She said: ‘Oh yes, yes. Filming does take a long time and he is a perfectionist. He did stay in bed all morning however, when his wife came in the afternoon to watch, he could not get out of bed quick enough!

‘He was the world’s greatest sex symbol so no wonder I was worried about going to bed with the world’s greatest sex symbol but he put me at ease.’

Valerie also said that she felt the actor put some of his own personality into his role as the secret agent. 

Following Connery’s death, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson released a statement crediting the iconic actor for making the film series a success.

Valerie agreed, saying: ‘Oh there’s no question. Sean made Bond and Bond made Sean. He was an extraordinary actor and went on to do lots of other parts. He was an extraordinary man, that’s for sure.’

Speaking on Monday’s This Morning, Valerie said: ‘We did share some fun times together. He was an incredible man’

Speaking about her dedication to the role, Valerie told how she learned how to fish to ensure an accurate depiction in one scene. 

She said: ‘I had never held a fishing rod in my life! And of course it worked because I saved him from death twice. 

‘The first time was when he was being chased by sharks in the sea and the second time in the hotel when he came to my room and his room was blown up.’

It was announced on Saturday that Connery died in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas after being diagnosed with dementia in the later years of his life.

Connery was the first person to ever play Bond, starring in a total of seven films between 1962 and 1983. 

She recalled: ‘I did have this bed scene with him which I was quite worried about. Despite my age, I had never done a bed scene on film. But he did put me at ease for it’ 

Icon: Valerie also said that she felt the actor put some of his own personality into his role as the secret agent

Fellow 007 actors Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan were among those who paid tribute to the star after his passing.

Craig shared a statement on the franchise’s Twitter and wrote: ‘It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.

‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.

‘The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.

‘He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.’

 

Icon: The No Time To Die star sharing a statement via the franchise’s official Twitter page that read: ‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style’

Meanwhile, Pierce wrote: ‘Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendour that will live on forever.

‘You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role.

‘You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. Your were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.’

 

Respect: James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has paid tribute to fellow 007 icon Sir Sean Connery (pictured above in Die Another Day in 2002)

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